Student Exhibitions ‘Pieces of Eight’ Now on Display in the Watkinson Library

Showcase Features Wide-Ranging Work by Eight Trinity College Students

Hartford, Connecticut, December 28, 2015 – More than 50 people attended the December 16 opening of “Pieces of Eight,” the collective title of a showcase of eight separate student exhibitions running through June 30, 2016, in the Watkinson Library. This is the fifth annual such showcase of student exhibitions that are produced to fulfill (in part) the course requirements for “American Studies 835/435: Museum & Library Exhibitions.” The instructor is Richard J. Ring, head curator and librarian of the Watkinson Library.

​Left to right: Matthew Nazarian, graduate student; Hunter Drews ’16; Rosangelica Rodriguez, graduate student; Marcus Cinotti, graduate student; instructor Richard J. Ring, head curator and librarian of the Watkinson Library; Elizabeth Askren ’17; Sarah St. Germain, graduate student; Jordan Finning, graduate student; and Alec Buffamonte ’17. Photo by Rita Law
While a selection of items are displayed physically in the library, for the first time each exhibition will be available fully online at by January 25.

The exhibits and their curators are as follows:

Handmaid to History: What is Antiquarianism? – Elizabeth Askren ’17

“Following the Light of the Sun, We Left the Old World”: The Dawn of Printing – Alec Buffamonte ’17

An Uneven Playing Field: Sports and Social Classes in Britain – Marcus Cinotti, graduate student

Who You Gonna Call? Ghost Hunters from 1860-1960 – Hunter Drews ’16

Bluejackets & Devil Dogs: U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Recruiting Posters from the Great War – Jordan Finning, graduate student

From Ragtime to Rock & Roll: Music Culture at Trinity College – Matthew Nazarian, graduate student

Victorian Ladies Leave the Sidelines: Women in Sports, 1860-1890 – Rosangelica Rodriguez, graduate student

Infant Doping and the Opium Imagination – Sarah St. Germain, graduate student

The Watkinson Library serves as a public research library, the rare book and special collections department of the Trinity College Library, and the repository of the College archives – holding nearly 200,000 printed and manuscript volumes ranging in date from the 11th century to the present, 4,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material, 20,000 musical scores, over 10,000 sound recordings, and thousands of separate maps, prints, broadsides, and other ephemera. Visitors are encouraged to engage in creative and intellectual pursuits based on or inspired by the library’s collections.


Photos by Rita Law. To view the Flickr set of photos from which this slide show was generated, please click here.